In England, the Somerset County Gazette is reporting that a historic property once earmarked to become the main hospital in Taunton could be turned into a hotel instead. The Grade II-listed Lyngford House is up for sale by informal tender, with the bidding deadline set at midday on Monday, November 16.
The estate, on a four-acre site, was previously used by the NHS as a training and conference center with room for 130 delegates, but has stood empty since February after being declared surplus to health service requirements. The property, being marketed by Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP, currently has planning permission for use as a hotel, although the buyer would be able to apply to change its use.
The site includes the main building with adjoining cottage and stable block, a 1980s purpose-built hotel block with 18 guestrooms, a conference center, parking and grounds.
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